I'm an engineering student aspiring to change the world... someday. I'm also a budding anime fan who finds an unhealthy amount of enjoyment in watching distinctly terrible anime (and really great anime) but is put to sleep by mediocrity. My favourite genres by far are thriller and psychological, but I'm also fond of action-adventures, engrossing fantasy/sci-fi worlds, well-scripted comedies, and the occasional romance or slice of life - in other words, I like a lot of things. In general I love the medium for how frequently it takes risks, pushes boundaries or just gets creative, and I'm open to almost any story concept as long as the work can deliver on it. It's so satisfying when it pays off to create something great!
I have tons of different interests, from movies to video games to music. I'm also trying to write a novel on the side, which I hope to publish in the future. Somehow, I still find the time for anime, because anime is sometimes really awesome!
Stuff that got me into the medium:
Fullmetal Alchemist (2003)
Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann
Stuff I feel conflicted on/want to re-examine:
Made in Abyss
Stuff I just really like:
Sora Yori mo Tooi Basho
Tsuki ga Kirei
How I rate things:
My scores are a combination of analytical critique, to the best of my ability, and my own personal, heavily biased experience. Essentially, it's a mark of my own appreciation/appraisal of a show, both as an individual work and in the broader context of when it was made. While my own interests will always influence how I see and interpret titles, I do try to look beyond just my own personal enjoyment, so a show I give a low or moderate score could still be a fun watch, or I may give high scores to certain titles when I can see that great skill, care and effort was put forth in making them even if their genre/subject matter don't connect with me personally. More detailed thoughts are saved for list tags, discussions, and/or reviews.
While I do have some general qualities I tend to look out for in titles, they are only a guideline. I don't use any sort of stone-carved "formula" for scores; context is everything to me, and I don't think it's reasonable to evaluate such a diverse medium with so many genres and distinct works without some flexibility in standards. Art, and by extension the value I place on it, can come in many different forms. Besides, they're just opinions, not the products of a machine.
A series with a 5 just means that what I liked/disliked roughly balanced each other out. Higher scores mean my impressions were more positive than negative and vice-versa, so anything 6+ is stuff I generally like. A 10 means that I not only absolutely adore something in its entirety, but find its strengths to be so singularly impressive that whatever "flaws" it may have become entirely insignificant. Still looking for that first "10", but I'm sure I'll find it in due time.
Agree or disagree, I'm always open to discussions on titles or different perspectives towards them. Oh, and please don't take it personally if I'm forgetful or late in replying. In that sense, I'm far from a Gary Stu.
Full ranking scale coming eventually
(Hoping to do something creative with it, beyond the usual presentation)